South Asia and Beyond

China Has Broken All Agreements Signed With India Since 1993: Gautam Bambawale

NEW DELHI: China has broken every tenet of every agreement it has signed with India since 1993 to maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas, says former Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Bambawale said the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley were a result of the Chinese army trying to advance its ground positions to where they believe the Line of Actual Control (LAC) lies. India and China have differing perceptions about the alignment of the LAC but China is unilaterally trying to decide where the LAC lies, he said. Calling the Galwan incident an inflection point in India-China ties, Ambassador Bambawale believes there will be major reappraisal in India on how to conduct its relations with China.

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Left to himself, Nitin A. Gokhale would rather watch films and sports matches but his day job as a media entrepreneur, communications specialist, analyst and author, leaves him little time to indulge in his primary interests. Gokhale in fact started his career in journalism in 1983 as a sports reporter. Since then he has, in the past 41 years, traversed the entire spectrum across print, broadcast and digital space. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale has moved on from conventional media to become an independent media entrepreneur running three niche digital platforms—BharatShakti, StratNewsGlobal and Interstellar—besides undertaking consultancy and training workshops in communications for military institutions, corporates and individuals. Now better known for his conflict coverage and strategic analyses, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years between 1983 and 2006, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 and also brought us live coverage from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.    An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, Australia, South and South-East Asia to take part in various seminars and conferences. Gokhale is also a popular visiting faculty at India’s Defence Services Staff College, the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the IB’s intelligence school.